Hickory, NC – The Hickory Community Theatre’s holiday production “A Christmas Story” is based on the popular 1980’s film comedy. In the movie, a voice over narrator recalls his youth. In the play he is an actor, observing his past.
In the HCT production, opening November 30, that character is played by Christopher Honsacker looking back on his beleaguered parents and befuddled teacher.
Honsacker is a veteran actor. He studied in NYC and won leading roles there. He began his acting career with Foothills Performing Arts as the troubled youth in “Equus”. That won a Willy acting award.
Since his return to his NC roots he has become a veteran HCT performer. Among his many acting credits is “The Odd Couple for which he won a Kay Award.
The harried parents are portrayed by Crystal Leigh and Neil Reece.
Crystal Leigh returns to HCT after 22 years. Career, marriage and children took her afield. In her teens she took the HCT stage in “Da” “The MusicMan”, and “Fiddler on the Roof”. She also appeared in the famed outdoor drama “The Lost Colony”.
The father the narrator recalls is played by Neil Reece. A family physician, Reece is a familiar figure on the HCT stages. He has appeared in “1776”, “9 to 5 the Musical”, “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” and “Wait Until Dark” among others.
As the befuddled teacher, Chrissy Schramm embarks on her second HCT production. She appeared in last season’s “Becky’s New Car”. She is her own role model as a teacher at Hickory Day School.
“A Christmas Story” opens November 30, and play for three weekends. Ticket prices are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $for youth and students. Call 828-328-2283 or click hickorytheatre.org for tickets.
Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of The United Arts Council of Catawba County.